19 days in China Itinerary

19 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
2
Pingyao County
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Xi'an
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  4 h 45 min
4
Nanjing
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Shanghai
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Beijing

Beijing
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si), and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing online journey maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Beijing, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 17°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pingyao County.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Olympic Park ©
Olympic Park

2
nights
Pingyao County

Pingyao County ©
An ancient walled city, Pingyao County can trace its history back around 2,700 years, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Explore Pingyao County's surroundings by going to Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan) (in Lingshi County) and Mian Mountain (in Jiexiu). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan), don't miss a visit to Pingyao Confucian Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuanglin Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pingyao County route builder site.

Getting from Beijing to Pingyao County by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. March in Pingyao County sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Pingyao County

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan), Mian Mountain
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Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan) ©
Qiao's Family Compound (Qiao Jia Dayuan)
Shuanglin Temple ©
Shuanglin Temple
Ping Yao Gu Cheng ©
Ping Yao Gu Cheng

3
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), don't miss a visit to Muslim Quarter, take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Pingyao County to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pingyao County in March since evenings lows in Xi'an dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

3
nights
Nanjing

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Confucian Temple Area (Fuzi Miao) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Slender West Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), then make a trip to Shiziqiao Food Street, and then get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nanjing tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Xi'an to Nanjing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Nanjing are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Slender West Lake
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Slender West Lake ©
Slender West Lake
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling)
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre

4
nights
Shanghai

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession, and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Shanghai itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nanjing to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and flight. March in Shanghai sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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Walking tours
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

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